67 Facts About Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen has released 20 studio albums, most of which feature his backing band, the E Street Band.

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Bruce Springsteen changed his style and reached worldwide popularity with Born to Run in 1975.

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Bruce Springsteen recorded his next three albums, Tunnel of Love, Human Touch, and Lucky Town, using mostly session musicians.

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Bruce Springsteen reassembled the E Street Band for 1995's Greatest Hits and The Ghost of Tom Joad.

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Bruce Springsteen dedicated his 2002 album The Rising to the victims of the September 11 attacks.

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Bruce Springsteen has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and a Special Tony Award .

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Bruce Springsteen was inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2009, named MusiCares person of the year in 2013, and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2016.

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Bruce Springsteen is ranked 23rd on Rolling Stones list of the Greatest Artists of All Time.

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Bruce Springsteen spent his childhood in Freehold, New Jersey, where he lived on South Street.

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Bruce Springsteen emigrated through Ellis Island and could not read or write when he arrived.

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Bruce Springsteen eventually became a lawyer and impressed the young Springsteen as being larger than life.

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The name Bruce Springsteen is topographic and of Dutch origin, literally translated as "jump stone" but more generally a stepping stone used on unpaved streets or between two houses.

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In ninth grade, Bruce Springsteen began attending the public Freehold High School, but did not fit in there either.

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Bruce Springsteen graduated in 1967, but felt so alienated that he skipped his graduation ceremony.

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Bruce Springsteen briefly attended Ocean County College, but dropped out.

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The Springsteen family moved to San Mateo, California, in 1969, but Bruce, 20, and his sister, Virginia, who was married and pregnant, stayed behind.

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In 1964, Bruce Springsteen saw the Beatles' televised appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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In late 1964, Bruce Springsteen's mother took out a loan to buy him a $60 Kent guitar.

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From 1969 through early 1971, Bruce Springsteen performed with Steel Mill, which included Danny Federici, Vini Lopez, Vinnie Roslin, and later Steve Van Zandt and Robbin Thompson.

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Bruce Springsteen brought his skills to the attention of several people who went on to prove influential to his career development, including new managers Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos, who in turn brought him to the attention of Columbia Records talent scout John Hammond.

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In October 1972, Springsteen formed a new band for the recording of his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N J The band eventually became known as the E Street Band, although the name was not used until September 1974.

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Bruce Springsteen acquired the nickname "the Boss" during this period, since he took on the task of collecting his band's nightly pay and distributing it amongst his bandmates.

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Bruce Springsteen was signed to Columbia Records in 1972 by Clive Davis after having piqued the interest of John Hammond, who had signed Bob Dylan to the same label a decade earlier.

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Bruce Springsteen's songs became grander in form and scope with the E Street Band providing a less folksy, more rhythm and blues vibe, and the lyrics often romanticized teenage street life.

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Bruce Springsteen helped Springsteen perfect "Born to Run" by adding its memorable guitar line.

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Bruce Springsteen was going to scrap half of it, he told Appel, and substitute live recordings for upcoming show dates at The Bottom Line in New York City, a venue where he often played.

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In October 1975, Bruce Springsteen appeared on the covers of both Newsweek and Time in the same week.

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Bruce Springsteen continued to focus on working class life with the 20-song double album The River in 1980, which included an intentionally paradoxical range of material from good time party rockers to emotionally intense ballads, and finally yielded his first hit top ten single as a performer, "Hungry Heart".

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Bruce Springsteen played on the "We Are the World" song and album in 1985.

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30.

Bruce Springsteen released the much more sedate and contemplative Tunnel of Love album in 1987.

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31.

In 1992, after risking fan accusations of "going Hollywood" by moving to Los Angeles and working with session musicians, Bruce Springsteen released two albums at once: Human Touch and Lucky Town.

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32.

Bruce Springsteen seemed to realize this a few years hence when he spoke humorously of his late father during his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acceptance speech:.

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33.

Bruce Springsteen won an Academy Award in 1994 for his song "Streets of Philadelphia", which appeared on the soundtrack to the film Philadelphia.

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Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 by Bono, a favor he returned in 2005.

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35.

In 2002, Bruce Springsteen released his first studio effort with the full band in 18 years, The Rising, produced by Brendan O'Brien.

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Bruce Springsteen played an unprecedented 10 nights in Giants Stadium in New Jersey.

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37.

At the Grammy Awards of 2003, Bruce Springsteen performed the Clash's "London Calling" along with Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, and E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt and No Doubt's bassist, Tony Kanal, in tribute to Joe Strummer.

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38.

Bruce Springsteen gave solo acoustic performances in support of Obama's campaign throughout 2008, culminating with a November 2 rally at which he debuted the song "Working on a Dream" in a duet with Scialfa.

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Bruce Springsteen's Working on a Dream album, dedicated to the memory of Danny Federici, was released in late January 2009.

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40.

President Obama gave a speech in which he asserted that Bruce Springsteen had incorporated the lives of regular Americans into his expansive palette of songs.

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Obama added that Bruce Springsteen's concerts were not just rock-and-roll concerts, but "communions".

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Bruce Springsteen campaigned for President Barack Obama's re-election in Ohio, Iowa, Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Wisconsin.

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43.

Bruce Springsteen finished second only to Madonna as the top money maker of 2012 with $33.

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Bruce Springsteen made his acting debut in the final episode of season three of Van Zandt's show Lilyhammer, which was named "Loose Ends" after a Bruce Springsteen song on the Tracks album.

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Bruce Springsteen co-directed the film along with longtime collaborator Thom Zimny.

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Bruce Springsteen performed the Dropkick Murphys song "Rose Tattoo" and his song "American Land", sharing co-vocals with Ken Casey on both songs.

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Widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Bruce Springsteen has been called a "rock 'n' roll poet" who "radiated working-class authenticity".

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Bruce Springsteen's themes include social and political commentary and are rooted in the struggles faced by his own family of origin.

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Bruce Springsteen has spoken openly about his struggles with depression, which he accepted and began to face in his 30s.

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Bruce Springsteen has reportedly followed a mostly vegetarian diet since around the same time, and has avoided hard drugs all of his life.

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51.

Bruce Springsteen dated actress Joyce Hyser for four years in the early 1980s.

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Bruce Springsteen liked her voice, and after the performance he introduced himself to her.

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53.

Early in 1984 Springsteen asked Scialfa to join the E Street Band for the upcoming Born in the U S A Tour.

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Bruce Springsteen's expressed reluctance at first because she wanted to start recording her first solo album, but when he told her the tour would be short, she agreed to postpone her own solo record and join the tour.

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55.

Phillips and Bruce Springsteen separated in the spring of 1988, but the separation was not made public.

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Bruce Springsteen received press criticism for the apparent haste in which he and Scialfa started their relationship.

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Bruce Springsteen's made her show-jumping debut with the Team USA in August 2014.

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Bruce Springsteen's won a silver medal as part of the U S equestrian team at the 2020 Summer Olympics, held in Tokyo in 2021 due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

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Bruce Springsteen supported Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, announcing his endorsement in April 2008.

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Bruce Springsteen appeared at several rallies in support of Obama's campaign throughout 2008.

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At an Ohio rally, Bruce Springsteen discussed the importance of "truth, transparency and integrity in government, the right of every American to have a job, a living wage, to be educated in a decent school, and a life filled with the dignity of work, the promise and the sanctity of home".

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Bruce Springsteen is an activist for LGBT rights and has spoken out many times as a strong supporter of gay marriage.

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Bruce Springsteen was a staunch critic of Donald Trump throughout his presidency.

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Bruce Springsteen has developed a reputation for energetic and long-lasting live performances.

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Bruce Springsteen has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and a Special Tony Award .

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Bruce Springsteen was inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2009, was named MusiCares person of the year in 2013, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2016.

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In May 2021, Bruce Springsteen became the eighth recipient of the Woody Guthrie Prize, a prize that honors an artist who speaks out for social justice and carries on the spirit of the folk singer.

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